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What’s Up With Housing?

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The new technology should give buyers new loan options as the ultra-secure platform makes it safer and easier for private individuals to lend money to strangers.
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We will not have a glut of inventory like we did back in 2008 and home values won’t come tumbling down. Instead, if demand weakens, we will return to a normal market (approximately a 6-month supply) with historic levels of appreciation (3.6% annually).
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Florida Realtors Pump Another $500K Into Amendment 2 Push.
Florida Realtors are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would make permanent a cap on increasing property taxes for non-homesteaded properties.
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Why this story about the cost and value of innovation matters in housing right now.
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Get ideas for camouflaging your outlets, adding task lighting, and avoiding common kitchen annoyances.
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Rental units are the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. At the same time, the vacation rental marketing is also booming. But which is a better investment: leasing your property to a long-term tenant or renting to travelers on a short-term basis?

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What’s New With Housing?

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Please take action by urging Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure long-term viability of the program.

 

Freddie Mac: Rates have declined in 5 of past 6 weeks, but a year ago, the average 30-year FRM was 3.96%. Average 15-year FRM slipped to 3.99% this week.
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Whether in a nod to the bold approach of the ’30s or the kitschy flourishes in ’60s design, modern kitchens are finding a fresh new face in the past.
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Apartment renters have come to expect green building features like good indoor air quality and energy efficiency, making them more of a requirement in many markets.
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As a first-time home buyer, where do you even begin? Saving enough cash to cover a down payment is a big enough hurdle to get over, but that’s just the beginning. The entire process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Mortgages, offers and negotiations, inspections, homeowners insurance, property taxes, the list goes on.
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A new report says student loans, high rent, and location preferences are among impediments to Millennial homeownership.
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22 real estate groups and associations – NAR, NAHB, insurers, bankers and others – sent a joint letter to lawmakers pushing them to pass a flood insurance bill.

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What’s Up With Housing?

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“Invisible Sustainability,” the blending of sustainable design principles with an aesthetic that is rigorously minimal.
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The share of self-employed construction workers remains high, even as housing recovers.
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Flood insurance got more expensive this month, and it may become even pricier depending on how Congress handles the July 31 deadline to address the National Flood Insurance Program.
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It’s important to vet your subcontractors well, as you may end up paying for their potential default or mistakes.  These best practices can help ensure you have the right pros working for you.
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Homeless VetsFlorida Receiving $567,928 to Help Homeless Vets.
HUD and the VA will provide housing vouchers to help 5,211 U.S. veterans nationwide find a home. In Florida, 13 agencies across the state will split the funding.
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Suburban municipalities can help pave the way for new development by making zoning adjustments that ensure density.
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Survey: A top reason 1 out of 3 millennials buy a first home is to provide a yard for their dog. As a motivator, it outranked marriage and raising children.
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ROI of Sustainability is More Complex Than You Think.
The value of energy efficiency and sustainability can prove to be greater, more lucrative or more complex than it appears on the surface.
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In the second quarter of 2017, the Florida housing market had more closed sales, higher median prices and more pending sales, according to Florida Realtors.
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Florida Leads Nation in Foreign Residents Buying and Selling.
Foreign investors want to buy in Florida, but they also want to sell Fla. property when the income potential is right – and many Canadians think that time is now.
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It might not be “Plan A,” but some Millennials that return home after college are turning it into a positive stay by saving enough cash to buy homes.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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Check out the slideshow for which ZIP codes saw the most homes sell, as well as the average and sale prices for each ZIP code.
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The short answer: No, according to a JPMorgan study. Sharp housing price corrections are rare, they say, even after a large run-up in home prices.
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Tesla Installs First Solar Roofs
The roofs were first announced last October, with online orders beginning in May. The carmaker’s new solar roof tiles are made to resemble regular roofing.
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Homeownership Rate Rebounds from 50-Year Low
Good news for Real Estate… The U.S. homeownership rate may have finally bottomed out, as the share of Americans who own homes is steadily climbing.
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Florida Consumer Confidence Rises 1.5 Points in July
Consumer sentiment among Floridians hit its second-highest level since 2002. Of the five components that make up the index, three increased and two decreased.

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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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34th Street CorridorDevelopers Say St Pete’s 34th Street Corridor is Brimming with Economic Potential.
In the past, this thoroughfare has long been known as a busy yet unappealing stretch of commercial roadway.

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Rising Home Prices2 Out of 3 Buyers Believe Home Prices Will Rise
A Gallup poll finds that 61% of U.S. adults expect home prices to continue rising over the next six months – a new high for the annual survey.
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Housing Bubble? No!3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble…
Mortgage lending standards are appropriate, new construction is below what is necessary and home prices haven’t even recovered. It appears fears of a housing bubble are over-exaggerated.
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Tesla's Solar Roof TilesTesla’s Solar Roof Tile Systems Hit the Market
The company is taking $1,000 deposits on the virtually “invisible” systems, which it will begin installing next month.The company offers an “infinity” warranty on its tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings. Tesla has published a web tool that can estimate costs and savings.

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First-Time HomebuyersTampa Bay is Nation’s Second Best Metro for First-Time Homebuyers.
For first- time homebuyers, you can’t beat the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas. Despite steadily rising prices, both are relatively affordable compared to the West Coast and Northeast at a time when nearly half of all buyers are first-timers.
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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Flood InsuranceNeed Flood Insurance? It Expires in 6 Months.
On Sept. 30, the national flood insurance program officially ends, which could create a dilemma for homeowners and buyers. The National Association of REALTORS® is working with federal regulators to extend and improve the program, but challenges lie ahead.

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Labor ShortageTampa Bay contractors expect uptick in projects but scarce labor…
81% of contractors in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties anticipate an uptick in sales over the next six months, but just under 23 percent are confident they can find labor to complete projects.
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Florida Consumer ConfidenceConsumer Confidence Among Floridians Rises to 15-year High.
Florida Consumers last month were the most confident that they have been since 2002, long before the onset of the Great Recession triggered a prolonged slump.
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Mortgage Rates FallThe Average 30-year Mortgage Rate Falls to 4.10%.
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a 3rd straight week and are approaching low points for the year. Most experts predict rates will remain steady.

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Homebuyers and SustainabilityBuyer Interest in Sustainability is Rising.
More than half of Realtors find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices. As this interest grows, Realtors understand the necessity of promoting sustainability in their real estate practice, such as marketing energy efficiency in property listings to home buyers.

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